by Leor Galil
Yours Truly hasn't picked King for the series (at least not yet), but yesterday the site premiered his spacey remix of "When I'm Lit" by local rapper-singer Tink. The remix dropped just days after his R&B vocal group Jody released a slightly gauzy track called "The Long Goodbye."
The songs come during an interesting time in Chicago hip-hop thanks to Chance's Acid Rap; as the mixtape continues to garner the kind of accolades that were heaped on Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City last year (as well as many comparisons to Lamar's album) it's also helping show national pop listeners that there's a lot more to Chicago rap than the drill scene that made a huge splash one year ago. There will be plenty of other local rap releases dropping in the next few months that should keep that trend going—Tree's Sunday School 2, Alex Wiley's Club Wiley, Vic Mensa's Innanetape, Lucki Ecks's Alternative Trap—and I'm willing to bet King will get some national attention with whatever he may put out during that time. Until then stream "The Long Goodbye" and his remix of "When I'm Lit," as well as Tink's original track.